America in 2020. People using forged (and mis-spelled) cards from a fictitious organisation to misrepresent legislation intended to protect disabled people so they can avoid showing a basic amount of courtesy to help protect others during a pandemic.

Not only is this bullshit ableist as hell, it would literally be easier just for these people to put a damn mask on their faces.

If you're in the US and someone hands you one of these, cut it in two and throw it in the trash.

The effort that some are willing go to so they can avoid making an effort is astonishing and paradoxical. Seriously, what is wrong with these people?

@InvaderXan A collection of learned behaviors I've taken to thinking of as "toxic individuality."

@LexYeen An interesting name for it. Apt too. These people really do put themselves before anyone or anything else.

@InvaderXan "How dare you ask me to consider other people!" is a shockingly common American attitude, and I personally think it can trace its origins back to the myth of American exceptionalism.

When you're told stories from birth about how you're growing up in the Greatest Country Ever and you can Do Anything You Want, Even Be President If You're Good Enough, there's a whole bunch of very gnarly ideological failure states.

And we're seeing them all come out to play during this pandemic.

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@LexYeen Ugh. Yeah. All part of the "fuck you, I've got mine" attitude. It's prevalent in the US, but pretty common among rightwing types elsewhere too, especially in Europe.

Honestly, the difference between the individualist culture in western countries and the collectivist cultures you find elsewhere is one of the reasons why I love East Asia so much.

@InvaderXan @LexYeen Trust me, they very much have their own problems. Given your heritage, I'm sure you're aware.

@fox_news Yes I am. Not quite sure why you felt the need to tell me this.

@InvaderXan Because I'm always leery of unreflected-on attempts to put anything on a pedestal.

@fox_news Nice of you to make these assumptions about my opinions. Goodbye now.

@InvaderXan @LexYeen It's a culture reinforced by everyone's lived experience being in the US.

We have no safety net
No healthcare
No real worker protections (because even if your boss violates it you cannot afford to sue them)

It is the perfect breeding ground for "if no one cares about me, why should I care about anyone else?"

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